Album art won't display on Windows Explorer

May 18, 2011 at 09:18:33
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2 Ghz/ 1 GB

I have a huge music collection that is organized based on the artist. Most of my files are CD rips tagged with the album art using AudioShell. This worked for a time until recently when, for some unknown reason, the album art no longer appears as the icon in my music files and instead the standard "blue note" icon appears instead. The album art is still embedded in the file when viewed in music players or in the file "Properties". It does not appear even when the view option is set to Extra Large and does not appear in the lower left corner of the Explorer window.

I searched Google and found that lots of other people have also encountered the same problem, but no proper solution has yet been posted. Here's what some other details that I know of the problem so far:
- the problem occurs mostly in Windows 7
- the problem happened suddenly, with no errors messages and such
- it happens regardless of tagging software used (also happens with MP3Tag, Tag Studio etc.)
- the album art is only invisible in Windows Explorer. Everything else can detect the album art normally.
- I have the same, exact files on another computer and it displays normally.
- it affects the album art for files downloaded as digital singles, not just the CD rips.
- Re-tagging does not work. Reinstalling tagging software does not work.

Although the problem is purely aesthetics, it's kinda annoying when you went through all the trouble of tagging hundreds of files and still end up with hundreds of "blue note" icons.


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#1
May 18, 2011 at 11:26:07

If this happened suddenly and only problem is with IE then the logical conclusion is an update to IE or a setting has changed. Look in Control panel> programs and features for any recent downloads for IE. You can Google the KB number to find out what the update was about.

If you have another computer with the same files and both are running Windows 7 and the same version of IE then compare the updates for both as suggested here.


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#2
May 19, 2011 at 05:40:15

IE? You mean Internet Explorer? I said *Windows* Explorer.

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#3
May 19, 2011 at 06:00:25

You are correct, I misspoke but the premise is still the same. Something changed in your system.

So you are saying that when playing the files, no matter which player used, the icons are thumbnails of the album cover but when viewing in Windows Explorer the icons are standard Explorer icons?

When in Windows Explorer open the View setting and change it to content. See if that fixes things. If so, an update may have reset those settings to default.


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#4
May 20, 2011 at 20:37:36

Didn't work, not even at the Extra Large setting. I also checked the "View" option in the Folder and Search Option but still, no luck.

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#5
May 23, 2011 at 08:29:31

Maybe I didn't explain what I meant for you to do very well. While in Windows Explorer highlight one of your albums and then click on View at the top of your window.

What you should be seeing is a bullet next to the word content. If it isn't that way, single click on content to get the bullet. This should change the icons to the album cover instead of the default icon.

On that same screen the is an option to choose details. The first six in mine are checked. Name, #, Title, Contributing Artist, Album, Bit rate.


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